Om Puri, one of the most versatile actors in India and Padma Shri winner, has died at 66. Tweets this morning announced that he had died of a heart attack. The veteran actor starred in several award winning Indian movies and also featured in crossover ventures. Born on 18 October 1950, the actor was known for his outstanding performances in not just Indian but also Pakistani, British, and Hollywood movies. Om Puri acted in both mainstream and art films in Bollywood. He also appeared in British films like Jewel in the Crown and City of Joy. Puri was awarded an honorary OBE for his contribution to the British film industry in 2004
Om Puri Background
- Om Puri was born in Ambala, Haryana.
- His father worked in the railways and in the Indian Army.
- He graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.
- He was also an alumnus of the 1973 class of the National School of Drama where Naseeruddin Shah was a fellow student.
The Padma Shri awardee, studied at the Film and Television Institute of India and at the National School of Drama. Born on October 18, 1950, hailing from Ambala in Haryana, Om Puri made his film debut in 1976 with the Marathi film Ghashiram Kotwal. A critically acclaimed actor, Puri featured in films like Ardh Satya and Mirch Masala.